Whether you’re purchasing new kitchen appliances as part of your renovation or are replacing what you currently have, getting the right appliances is not as easy as it looks. You can’t simply walk into a store and purchase any size and brand of appliance that catches your eye. You first have to consider the cost, design, make and model of the appliance along with many other factors. These tips will help you to buy the right appliances for your kitchen and guide you through their installation process.
1. Make a List of the Appliances You Need
The first step is to make a list of the new appliances you need. Include all the major and minor appliances in this list such as stove, oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, food processor etc. Do you need a new dishwasher or is your current one still usable? If an appliance is broken and can be repaired easily, consider that option instead of replacing it with a new one. Once you have your list of appliances you actually need, you can start shopping around.
2. Consider Purchasing Energy-Efficient Appliances
The majority of Canadian households are making sustainable green choices when it comes to choosing home improvement products. By purchasing Energy STAR validated appliances for your kitchen, you will be able to reduce energy consumption, money and time while protecting the planet. An energy scale by ENERGY STAR on the appliance can tell you it’s sustainability ratio. This way you don’t have to spend hours doing research about a particular applaince’s energy efficiency. You can also earn rebates and incentives on selected ENERGY STAR products in Canada. A local pro can help you choose the right appliances with maximum benefits and efficiency.
3. Stick To Your Budget
If you’re purchasing appliances as a part of a big kitchen renovation then you should set aside money for them as part of your overall budget. On the other hand, if you’re replacing old appliances, make sure you think about your budget for each appliance. If you haven’t made an appliance purchase in recent years, then the current costs may make you jump off your chair with surprise. You can create a ballpark budget based on the list of all appliances you need. Along with the cost of the appliance, consider the cost of shipping, installation, paying for warranty and taxes. Once you have a rough estimate of what it will cost, you can create a budget.
4. Take Proper Measurements for Perfect Installation
Imagine finding the perfect double door refrigerator in the exact colour and style you want only to discover on installation day that it doesn’t fit! Not only will you be upset that your new fridge doesn’t fit but you’ll also have to go through the hassle of returning it and then you’ll have to start your search all over again!
To avoid being in such a situation, we highly recommend you take measurements of the space before swiping your credit card at the appliance store. When taking measurements, you also have to consider leaving a couple of inches for a gap between the wall and cabinets around the appliance to protect them from overheating. If you’re renovating your kitchen be sure to ask your contractor for the new measurements before shopping.
5. Plan Ahead for Delivery Day
In addition to taking measurements of the space where the appliance will go, you need to first make sure that you will be able to get the appliance through your front door. Think about the path that will be taken to get the appliance from your front door to the kitchen. Are there any narrow doorways that you will have to pass through? Do you need to go up or downstairs? Whether you’re living in a townhouse or a condo, think about all the logistics before ordering your new appliances. This way you won’t have to worry about your new dishwasher not fitting through your front door on delivery day. A local appliance installer can help you with this task beforehand.
Once you decide which appliances you need to purchase, you can easily hire a local pro to install them for you on the same day they get delivered to your home. Before the pro arrives, make sure you make space in the kitchen for them to work around. You can hire a trusted appliance installer by checking their Star Score, Verification Badge and homeowner reviews on HomeStars. Click here to get a custom quote for kitchen appliance installation today!